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Overview

Drake Tax is a tax management software designed to help small to midsize accounting businesses manage returns for clients...

TaxSlayer Pro is the professional tax package for tax preparers across the United States. From individual and business filings...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

355

One-time payment

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

1495

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.0

94

5

4

3

2

1

51

18

9

6

10

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
80%
would recommend this app

4.1

13

5

4

3

2

1

7

4

0

0

2

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
85%
would recommend this app

Pros

All client information was saved and available in an easy to read format. Inputting information was quick and easy to save.
Great customer service, fairly easy to use and administer, diagnostic feedback and information is very helpful.
I like the tips and hot links that help you make decisions about tax returns. Also there are many features that help with filings.

Pros

The software is easy to use, the price of the software is amazing we like that we can upload our existing clients into the data base. All an all it's a great product.
I like the ease of using and they always update to whats new in the industry, The app and chat were game changers.
I like the e-file feature and the fact I knew the program as well as I did.

Cons

This software is very difficult to use and unable to handle complex business returns. In pro-series when you receive an error message Pro.
When I did pay, it created a new portal that wrote over my existing portal. I lost 7 years of tax docs for client who uploaded directly in the portal.
Drake simply says "error on schedule. Drake does not explain the error and at times Drake references a form that is not even available on the Drake software.

Cons

Support got worse and worse each year. When I got a new server in 2019, I realized just how much of an issue installing old version on a new computer was given how they redid the program in 2014.
After entering all of the deductions, it indicated that the adjusted gross was the same as the gross costing me thousands. They will not return my money, even though the program failed.
They have to be gotten from support. The error rate is extremely high in the software and they are slow to fix errors and do not fix many of them.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review3 months ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last reviewa month ago

Key features

  • Total features18
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Corporate/Business
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Verification
  • Document Management
  • Electronic Filing
  • Exception Notification
  • For Tax Practices
  • K-1 Reporting
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Filing
  • Tax Forms
  • Tax Planning
  • Total features7
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Corporate/Business
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Verification
  • Document Management
  • Electronic Filing
  • Exception Notification
  • For Tax Practices
  • K-1 Reporting
  • Tax Calculation
  • Tax Filing
  • Tax Forms
  • Tax Planning

Integrations

  • Total integrations4
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Gmail
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net
  • Total integrations2
  • Dynamics 365
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • FreshBooks
  • Gmail
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • NetSuite
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Sage Intacct
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WooCommerce
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net

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Brett C.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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Drake Tax

This product is terrible - DO NOT BUY

Reviewed 4 years ago

This is a terrible product. Preparing returns takes a lot longer with Drake than it did with Pro Series.

Pros

The customer service people speak english.

Cons

I think I could do returns more effectively with an excel workbook. This software is very difficult to use and unable to handle complex business returns. In pro-series when you receive an error message Pro Series provide a link to the issue. Drake simply says "error on schedule..." Drake does not explain the error and at times Drake references a form that is not even available on the Drake software....

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Susan T.

Accounting, self-employed

Used daily for less than 6 months

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Drake Tax

AVOID Drake

Reviewed 2 years ago

Unpleasant, I was falsely told that I had more time to evaluate the product after purchase then I actually did so when I asked for a refund (no returns were filed) I was denied. Basically I was stuck paying for a cheap, inefficient program I won't use that would have cost me much more time to make sure everything was calculating right. Very disappointed.

Pros

Cost is the only pro for the program. I find the low cost doesn't make up for the shortcomings.

Cons

Navigation is cumbersome with multiple inputs needed for some tasks and other screens are hidden and have to be searched for so entries can be made and then some of the input screens are very limited. The program is quirky and inconsistent which did not lend itself to confidence in it and the interface was not efficient except for the most basic of returns. Some may find the shortcomings acceptable for a higher profit margin but I do not.

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KENNETH O.

Accounting, self-employed

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Drake Tax

Once you're up to speed it's a great cost effective product!

Reviewed 4 years ago

I've got 15 returns in progress at the moment (990, 1120S/H, 1040, 1041), and now know where to find the entry points for the data I need. When you calculate and view the return the program spits out notes on what is wrong and tells you how and where to fix things. You can print right to the portal so client communication is great. There are multi prepared, billing, and client management functionality I don't need and can't comment on. Once you're up the learning curve you are in an excellent cost effective tax return package!

Pros

I was a long time ATX user and do only a small number of returns yearly in my private practice. The yearly cost kept going up and up and my sales person was unresponsive to my cost concerns. Drake has an ATX conversion program which I tried on 2019 and it brought over some large asset lists correctly so I took the plunge. I also bought Drake's portal software and will end up spending less than half of what I spent on ATX without the ATX portal. There are lots of video tutorials and an nice set of help functionality. Usually I just played with entries until I got the tax form to be right and that was how I learned the program. The Support is GREAT. A real person answered the phone instantly(!), and they knew what they were doing.

Cons

I've used TaxSlayer, TurboTax, and ATX. ATX's big advantage is you can click on a form and go directly to the input screens and it is in general more user friendly. I learned Tax Slayer last year as an AARP Tax Aide Volunteer. With Drake there was a tougher learning curve than Tax Slayer to figure out where and how to enter data and how the program thinks with the override entries, but once you get the hang of things it becomes straight forward. There is a search bar at the bottom of the main screen which is often helpful pulling up the correct data entry screen.

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Richard P.

Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Drake Tax

Great tax product for the price

Reviewed 4 years ago

Top quality tax program and phone/chat support. Best I have seen for a tax program even during tax season.

Pros

This is a very good and well thought out professional tax program. Laid out in an easy way for professionals to navigate.

Cons

The only word of warning the messenger in secure file pro does not have a live notification so you are not notified until the next days email.

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REBECCA C.

Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Drake Tax

So Far So Good- bye bye Taxwise

Reviewed 5 years ago

Customer service picks up on the second ring every time I call!! (and that is a bunch)

Pros

The functionality of the software, and the fact that i can select what forms to print. NY forms are included!!

Cons

So far the only thing I do not like is that I am still not a pro at it! I have to continue to look at the cheat sheet for shortcuts.

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Carolyn T.

Accounting, self-employed

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Drake Tax

Tax Preparation

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

The customer service and ease of use of software. The customer service department is awesome and you do not have to wait more than 2 minutes to speak with an agent.

Cons

Secure File Pro-had an oversight with payment. When I did pay, it created a new portal that wrote over my existing portal. I lost 7 years of tax docs for client who uploaded directly in the portal.It would have been helpful if there was astern that this could occur before submitting payment.

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Tom W.

Defense & Space, 10,001+ employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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TaxSlayer Pro

Taxslayer

Reviewed 5 years ago

Have my income tax return prepared every year for the last several (6+) years.

Pros

Ease of use and price. Had my tax return prepared and submitted electronically very efficiently

Cons

Can't think of anything! Have been completely satisfied with every use.

Vendor response

Hi Tom, thanks for being a loyal TaxSlayer Pro customer! We appreciate your review as we strive to provide the best value and service in the tax preparation software industry with our easy to use products. We look forward to helping you continue to grow your tax business for years to come!

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Priscilla C.

Consumer Services, self-employed

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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TaxSlayer Pro

Best and easy to use software

Reviewed 2 years ago

With tax slayer I am able to manage clients with ease and collect my service fees.

Pros

TSP is easy to use and on the eyes. You basically cant make a mistake with this unless you are being very careless.

Cons

I have no cons to add here. I have everything I need with TSP

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Druchelle C.

Accounting, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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TaxSlayer Pro

My Go To Tax Software

Reviewed 3 years ago

I have had a very good experience so far, we are going in to our third year and works overall for us.

Pros

One of the best features is that this is a cloud base software. I have literally have been on vacation while using this software to complete those last minute tax returns.

Cons

I don't always receive the chat messages in real time that come from the clients.

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Devonna L.

Financial Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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TaxSlayer Pro

Amazing Tax Software

Reviewed 5 years ago

My overall experience has been excellent.

Pros

I love everything about Tax Slayer Pro! The best thing is how quickly you can prepare the return as well as accurately. No extra boxes or scripts to read. Just taxes! My company has been using this software for over 4 years, and I don't see a change in the foreseeable future.

Cons

I can honestly say there isn't anything that I find to be a con with them.